University of Sydney Student Timetable Exporter
Update: Sem1 2017. Fixed, but use the official calendar feed in case future changes are made to the timetable unit website :)
This tool has been deprecated (and hence no longer maintained) in favour of the University's new "Calendar Feed".
The "Calendar Feed" was only made available (Semester 2, 2015) after this tool was created (Semester 1, 2015), and is completely fail-proof (as opposed to the hacky HTML table conversion that drives this tool).
Although the script is still active to process the WASM authentication, there have been numerous changes made to the Timetable website since 2015.
As a result of these changes, this tool appears to have been broken, so you'd get authenticated, the script processes the timetable data, but see that it's different from the format last year, and breaks.
To reiterate, the "Calendar Feed" is much nicer - if it hadn't existed then this tool would be updated for this year.
If you don't know how to access the University's built in Timetable Calendar Feed, here are some steps to get you pointed in the right direction.
- The University's Timetabling Unit has addressed the issue of having to manually input Timetable data into a Calendar Application
- The issue was addressed after this tool was created
- I have no involvement whatsoever in the new Timetabling Calendar Feed, contact the Timetable Unit for support.
- This tool is now broken, don't use it
Not to be outdone by the folks at UNSW, here's a Timetable Exporter (for iOS, Gmail and Outlook) for the University of Sydney.
Inspired by this comment: Is there any simple way to sync my timetable to my iPhone? /r/USyd
Blog Post containing the instruction to use this web app is linked by an icon in the top-right area. Or you can just click here to access the instructions.
The Python source code for the WASM/UniKey authentication routine can also be found on the blog.
Why does it take so long?
In the 8 seconds that the script runs, it makes 5 http requests to USyd's authentication process and USyd's timetable app.
The script sends around 60 http requests to get the information about the venue of where you're studying.
This is used for detailed location information, though doesn't seem to appear anywhere on iOS besides the "notes".